The Obsessive and Meticulous Tape Art of Sarah DiNardo

Artist Sarah DiNardo has a very unusual and very specific approach to her pieces: she constructs small, circular patterns by meticulously and obsessively rolling bits of tape.

I love when people find a particular thing they’re into, and just go nuts with it. I’m reminded of this fantastic quotation from Teller:

Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect.

(By the way, “The Honor System” is a fantastic article, and very much worth the read).

I liked this profile of DiNardo (though the floating scene at 2:35 seemed unnecessary, and a little much for me). Overall, it’s just a cool glimpse at someone who’s found this odd thing they’re really into, and converted obsession into production.

When I was in high school, I used to make these odd, elaborate doodles. I’d take a large piece of paper, and just start drawing curved lines, from one side to the next. I’d keep doing this until a large area was criss-crossed with a web of lines.

I forget the exact brand of pen that I used, but I’m pretty sure it was a Pilot rolling ball – the ones that had a rectangular window on the side, so you could see the remaining ink sloshing around inside.

And the pens I had were always blue.

So with this mesh of lines, I’d slowly fill in the spaces in between – trying as best as I could to alternate – always have one area filled in, bounded by another around that was blank. It made for some very interesting (albeit abstract) patterns.

I did this a lot in high school – not because I was high, but because I was just bored. In seeing DiNardo’s profile now, it makes me wonder what might have happened if I would have kept at it – slowly and methodically filling in page after page of meshed patterns. Thinking about it now, I kind of want to go back and give this another try – to see if I’d find it tedious and boring, or if it might elicit the same kind of meditative zoning-out it used to provide, back in Geometry class.

// Edit: Also, I’m curious how my friends Jane and Bryan might react to this video. I know both of them share a similar and severe dislike of circles grouped together… but don’t know if this kind of thing counts or not. I’m guessing neither one would like this tape stuff very much.

[via Colossal]

Related:
Mark Jenkins: Packing Tape Sculptures
The Amazing Tape Art of Max Zorn

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  1. I can totally relate with her obsession with rolling stickers until the stickiness is no more. I used to like doing the very same thing! In fact I also liked that rubbery glue that could be found holding mailers together. You know the glue that when pulled apart looks like a big booger and is just as easy to pull off the mailer? Love those things, play with them every time I get one.

    And Felix I too was a massive doodler doing school, and used the very pen you are talking about! Always new when the ink went dry, but also dabbled in red and black as well as blue. Most of the time I drew on my arms like a tattoo creating line after line of patterns and shapes until my arm was covered. My mother loathed that I did it. But drawing while the teacher lectured was one way that I used to listen in school. Still a way I take in information today. Actually I might find myself day dreaming more if I’m not drawing whilst listening to a talk or lecture. :)

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    • I get the sense that your doodles were probably much better than mine, which when I think about them remind me of abstract shapes mostly. Kind of like drawing out the PC defragging process, although in reverse.

      I love that you know the pen I was talking about. I never got into the red or black, it was always blue for me. Do they even make those guys anymore?

      avoision Reply


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